For those of us with curly hair, there are typically three styling products on the market for us–mousse, curl cream, and curl gel. When looking for a new curl product you really want it to smooth and reduce frizz, provide moisture to the hair, define your curls, and add shine. Typically, not every product on the market is going to target all of those needs, but the Saltair Curl Defining Jelly does.
What is the Difference Between Mousse, Curl Cream, and Curl Jelly?
There are two key benefits that come with using a mousse or styling foam– those being the addition of volume and body. That being said, it can also be used to help set protective styles for those with textured hair. By applying at the root you can introduce a nice volume to the hair, as this will increase the height of the hair at the root. If you’d rather create a fuller appearance throughout your hair, apply to the mid-shaft and ends of the hair.
While a curl cream is the best option for those that want to add moisture and a soft hold to their hair, it won’t necessarily give you the most defined curls. A little can go a long way, especially if you have finer hair, as they tend to be formulated with high percentages of butters and oils. Curl cream functions well as the first step in your routine as it can provide more moisture and protection than a leave-in conditioner.
Gels are great for wash-n-go styles if you’re looking for something more low effort. If you’d rather take the time to style your hair they're great for that too depending on your desired outcome. Certain gels can also offer an elongating effect, if you find that your curls are shrinking up more than you’d like. We’re at the point in the evolution of curl gels that you can smooth and reduce frizz, provide moisture to the hair, define curls, and add shine through the use of one product.
What’s Inside of Saltair’s Curl Defining Jelly?
Our Curl Defining Jelly provides natural and non-flakey curls while nourishing, smoothing, and decreasing overall volume.
Linseed and Chia Polysaccharides
These polysaccharides work together to create a flexible film on the hair which works to close and preserve the hair cuticle. This blend of linseed and chia extracts also works to define curls as well as reduce frizz and overall volume. Through this reduction of the hair’s volume, you may see an elongating effect on your curls.
This combination of polysaccharides also offers the benefit of a more defined curl and staying power when creating curls through heat treatments like a curling iron or ceramic rollers. For those of us that prefer not to use heat in our hair, the outcome will be similar when using heatless methods like flexi rods or rollers.
Glycerin works as a moisturizer and humectant, drawing moisture from the environment into your hair; because glycerin works to rehydrate the hair, it also helps to reduce frizz and breakage.
Pequi, Argan, and Sunflower Oils
These oils work together to smooth the hair cuticle while nourishing and hydrating the hair to combat frizz.
Sodium Polystyrene Sulfonate
A polymer that forms an anionic film on the hair that provides a soft and flexible hold. This polymer dissipates electric charge, reducing frizz without imparting stickiness and buildup, delivering a healthy and shiny appearance to the hair.
The Curl Control Defining Hair Care System
Saltair offers a full Curl Control Defining system for those with waves, curls, and coils. To further smooth and reduce frizz, define your curls, and add shine, start with our Curl Control Defining Shampoo followed by our Curl Control Defining Conditioner. Then complete the look with our Curl Control Defining Jelly. Learn more in our guide to our Curl Control Defining Shampoo.